Making a difference with engineering - 2015 Project in Brazil

Approximate Dates:
May 31 - June 14, 2015
Ilheus, Brazil
Price: $3,350

Instructor for 2015- Prof. Hank Yochum,, 434-381-6357
Project is linked to ENGR 232 Technology and Society: A Global Perspective

Students will explore the effects of politics and society on technology, and vice versa, in the State of Bahia in Northeast Brazil. Experiences focus on politics, society, and technology with populations that are underprivileBrazilian students march on Earth Day.ged and disabled. Through readings, discussions, tours of museums and local areas, and interviews with local officials, students will learn about the politics in Northeast Brazil, both past and present. The effects of politics and technologies on society, in particular the lower class, will be experienced by visiting and interacting with the Favelas and medical facilities for the poor, as well as a natural resources conservation and research facility. Local technologies will be experienced through the engineering research laboratories at the Universidad Estadual de Santa Cruz, and by participating in a workshop where Brazilian citizens learn to utilize the land and natural resources in a sustainable way to provide income to their families.

Students will learn social responsibility by providing useful and important technologies to persons with disabilities that otherwise could not afford assistance. Students will deliver the devices created previously by engineering students, train appropriate personnel on the use and care of the devices, and make any necessary adjustments to the devices.  Students will collaborate with students from St. Ambrose University (Iowa).

Students may have the option for taking the course for credit for additional cost.

Hear about Chris Donnelly's experience from our 2011 trip.

Learn more about Brazil at the CIA World Factbook

The engineering program is offering travel scholarships thanks to a generous gift from the MDRT Foundation.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Lynchburg (or other airport) to Ilheus, Brazil
  • Transportation in Brazil 
  • Housing
  • Meals during home stay 
  • International medical insurance with trip delay coverage
  • Student share of faculty member expenses

What is not included

  • Passport fee
  • Brazilian visa
  • Immunizations (approximately $300)
  • Personal baggage fees
  • Meals while traveling

Students enrolled in ENGR 232 that wish to take this trip must submit a $500 application deposit to Prof. Yochum by January 31, 2015.

  • Make checks payable to Sweet Briar College.
  • The application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, this deposit is non-refundable after February 15.

Payment deadlines

  • February 15, 2013: $1,500 commitment fee due
  • April 1, 2015: remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Submit $1,500 commitment fee to Prof. Hank Yochum
  • Make checks payable to Sweet Briar College.
  • The commitment fee is deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • The commitment fee is non-refundable.
  • Please submit your final payment to Prof. Yochum by April 1.
  • The final payment is non-refundable.